Engineer- Manufacturing III (HSRT - VTD area) VNM

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First Solar reserves the right to offer you a role most applicable to your experience and skillset.

Basic Job Functions:
Responsible for install and qualify new process equipment. Manage the process of capital equipment acquisition, fabrication, installation, start-up, and production ramp. Responsible for the overall project management, execution to timeline, be the key vendor interface. Lead troubleshooting activities; develop continuous improvement roadmaps to ramp equipment and process performance to achieve our production output goals.


  • Industrial experience in the broad fields of Vacuum, Thermal, Laser, Wet, Material handling and/or Automation is desirable or
  • Minimum 5 years experience on trouble-shooting in one of the following fields:
    • VTD/Sputter: Experienced in CVD, PVD especially Magnetron Sputtering Process. Experienced High Vacuum Process Equipment (Preferable) or
    • Front-end: glass-grinding and cleaning, laser marking equipment and automation equipment with CNC capabilities or
    • Metrology: Thin film metrology especially spectrometry and visual inspection equipment, conducting metrology equipment GR&R and maintaining gauges calibration and certification, ability to combine knowledge of Device, Process and Equipment to troubleshoot root cause of manufacturing problems and process implementation problems or
    • Back End – Module Area
  • Prior experience working in Multinational Corporations with Tool Matching and Copy Exact methodology has added advantage.


  • Technical Disciplines / Degree in one of the following fields – Mechanical, Electrical, Instrumentation, Mechatronics, Chemical, Materials Science or Applied Physics.
  • Bachelor’s degree in a technical discipline with 3-5 years’ experience as First Solar Manufacturing Engineer II or 5 years Engineering experience in a manufacturing setting or 3-5 years Engineering experience and 5 years Technical experience in a manufacturing setting or
  • MS Degree in a technical discipline with 3-5 years Engineering experience in a manufacturing setting or
  • PhD Degree in a technical discipline with 1-3 years Engineering experience in a manufacturing setting.

Required Skills/Competencies:

  • Demonstrated Proficiency in Mechanical & Automation Equipment Design.
  • Experience in vendor management and interface.
  • Proven experience in project planning and controls.
  • Demonstrated Proficiency in Statistical Data Analysis.
  • Excellent problem-solving skills.
  • Demonstrated knowledge of manufacturing processes.
  • Demonstrated proficiency in generating and maintaining FMEAs.
  • Demonstrated to work autonomously to achieve goals.
  • Excellent oral and written communications skills.
  • Demonstrated proficiency with applying Robust Engineering principles to develop and implementing processes.

Essential Responsibilities:

  • Manage medium to large size capital equipment projects in Global environment.
  • Provide concept/layout/design details for automation & material handling process tools.
  • Develop, continuously improve, and document robust solar module manufacturing processes to achieve the highest product performance in a cost-efficient manner.
  • Inject manufacturing requirements to new process development by working with development team.
  • Evaluate, Install and Qualify new equipment.
  • Responsible to interface with internal associates and supplier representatives as required completing assigned projects.
  • Develop and provide training to other engineers, engineering technicians, and production associates.
  • Champion continuous improvement activities using six-sigma and other statistical problem-solving methods.
  • Develop and maintain drawings, process specifications, develop and enforce standard operating procedures.

Reporting Relationships:

This position may have Technicians as direct report


Domestic and International travel as required (may be up to 50%)

Physical Requirements:

  • Will sit, stand or walk short distances for up to entire duration of a shift
  • Will climb stairs on an occasional basis
  • Will exert up to 23Kg of force to lift, push or pull on a seldom basis
  • Will lift, push or pull up to 13Kg on a frequent basis
  • Required to use hands to grasp, lift, handle, carry or feel objects repetitively on a frequent basis
  • 20/40 vision in each eye, with or without correction, is required
  • Must be able to comply with all safety standards and procedures
  • May reach above shoulder heights and below the waist on a frequent basis
  • May stoop, kneel, or bend, on an occasional basis
  • Ability to wear personal protective equipment is required (including but not limited to; steel toed shoes, gloves, safety glasses, hearing protection, protective jacket or apron and arm guards)
  • All associates working on the production floor may be required to wear a respirator at any given time and thus, the ability to wear a respirator is a condition of employment and continued employment (requires little or no facial hair)

Potential candidates will meet the education and experience requirements provided on the above job description and excel in completing the listed responsibilities for this role. All candidates receiving an offer of employment must successfully complete a background check and any other tests that may be required.

Equal Opportunity Employer Statement: First Solar is an Equal Opportunity Employer that values and respects the importance of a diverse and inclusive workforce. It is the policy of the company to recruit, hire, train and promote persons in all job titles without regard to race, color, religion, sex, age, national origin, veteran status, disability, sexual orientation, or gender identity. We recognize that diversity and inclusion is a driving force in the success of our company.